Wheelchair users get access to Angle Beach
Wheelchair users will get the chance to explore a Pembrokeshire beach with the introduction of a new beach wheelchair service at Angle next year. The all-terrain vehicle will be available to hire at West Angle Bay from April 2016, following the introduction of specially adapted wheelchairs at several beaches across the county.
The new wheelchair has been bought by the Pembrokeshire Access Group with funding from the South Hook LNG Community Fund, the Port of Milford Haven and Bluestone Resorts. It is also supported by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
“This new wheelchair is a wonderful example of how organisations in Pembrokeshire can work together for the benefit of all our residents,” said Councillor Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Transportation.
“We are always looking for new ways to improve access to our facilities and services but all too often wheelchair users miss out because of access problems,” he said. “We hope that this new wheelchair will enable people to explore the sands and wonderful coastal scenery at Angle.”
The wheelchair will be available for hire at the Wavecrest Cafe in West Angle Bay. There will be a small charge to cover repairs and maintenance costs.
Pembrokeshire County Council Access Officer Alan Hunt said he was very grateful to the cafe for agreeing to host the vehicle. “It’s thanks to them, and all the other supporting organisations, that schemes like this are possible,” he said.
A beach wheelchair service is also available at Saundersfoot, while the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority provides wheelchairs at other popular beaches including Poppit Sands, and Whitesands.
Councillor Rob Lewis and Alan Hunt of Pembrokeshire County Council are joined by representatives of Pembrokeshire Access Group, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services, South Hook LNG, Bluestone, Port of Milford Haven and the Wavecrest Café, Angle. Photograph courtesy of Pembrokeshire County Council.